My Bridal Shower

True Story: A couple of days into being engaged I woke up in a panic thinking “I can’t get married, I don’t have enough girlfriends for a bachelorette party or a bridal shower!”  Then my brain woke up a little more and reminded me that when it comes to friends, quality > quantity.  And even though I’ve always had a small circle of friends/family, I was about to gain a whole slew of female family members on Joey’s side.  And that was the last worry I had about my bridal shower.

What can I say?  It was Mardi Gras themed, there were mini muffulettas, Hurricanes and masks and I only felt slightly terrified while opening presents in front of a roomful of people.  I’d like to never do that last part again, please and thank you :)

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This is normal bridal shower behavior, right?

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Post-mask recovery photo.

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Oh, there we go :)  My cousin flew in just for the shower!


Guess who found the baby in their piece of King Cake — Emily tried her best to hand that specific piece to me all nonchalantly but I saw right through it :)  I guess I’ll be throwing the next party!

P.S. Please forgive me, I am physically unable to think or speak about anything that’s not wedding related right now (that’s a real sentence I spoke to Joey yesterday morning when he was trying to talk to me about a burger bar that’s opening up down the street from our house).  So it’s gonna be a long three weeks for you readers! :P



This week I was reading a blog post that mentioned it being “late summer.”  And all of a sudden I was like, “NOOOOOO!”  Then, “Oh my gosh, FALL!” Then back to, “But NOOOOOO!”  So I guess I’m in that August limbo between not wanting to let go of summer and being so so excited for fall.  But before I get too excited about sweaters and chai and crisp apples, I’d like to take advantage of what’s left of summer :)

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I wanna make this Grilled Peach, Avocado & Chicken Kale Salad.

And this Santa Fe Summer BBQ Pizza.

I wanna ride my bike and buy local cold brew iced coffee in a growler.

I wanna wear skirts and dresses and crop tops that just barely show any skin because I’m not that brave :)

I wanna Happy Hour on patios and drink a Pimm’s Cup.  Or is that just a Southern thing?

I wanna take more evening walks and sip coffee on my front porch.

I wanna put basil on everything and have at least one pineapple make it to the grill before I get too excited and just eat it raw :)

I wanna be present to enjoy what’s left of summer and I just want time to slow down already.


What are you anxious to do before summer ends?

P.S. We got our marriage license this morning!!!!!

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Bachelorette Weekend in NOLA

Another New Orleans vacation is in the books.  The beauty of having a small bridal party (and a small group of girlfriends :P) is that it makes taking a trip for your bachelorette party a lot easier and New Orleans — my second home — was the obvious destination choice.

I have a ton of pictures — that still somehow only capture a small percentage of what we did — so I’ll try to keep the intro short and sweet.  What can I say?  We ate, we drank, we listened to live jazz, we hung out on Bourbon, we sweated (a lot!), we shopped, we toured the Garden District, we laughed, we danced and then we ate and drank some more :)


Airport Mimosas!


Obv I made a hashtag… that I mostly used…


We had breakfast at this hipster donut shop that totally belongs in Denver.  This pistachio brown butter donut was amazing!


Me and my MOH!  Please note the fun bachelorette sashes Jenn made for all of us.




Red Dress Run was a blast!  Also my white dress and red veil got us tons of attention.  Everyone loved it!




When your drink actually comes with a pair of sunglasses you know it’s going to be a good night.



Yes, it was necessary to order all three desserts.


It’s probably best that this is the only photo I took of our Saturday night out on Bourbon.  And it just so happened that I took it from a balcony :)




This house was 28,000 square feet!!!!


Someone was ready for a Pimm’s Cup on the porch at The Columns.



Obligatory trip to Café du Monde for the NOLA newbies.  Guess I should’ve warned Jenn that it was not going to be clean :)


And snowballs at Pandora’s to end the trip, naturally.

24 days until the wedding!!!!!


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